Wilmington takes on Charlotte in USL Pro action

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto FC may be on a bye week leaving you forced to look somewhere else to get your soccer fix this weekend but fear not as we have a solution for you. Why not catch some TFC players in action for Wilmington this Saturday against Charlotte.

Toronto FC have the weekend off but that does not mean that there is nothing for TFC fans to fill that void in their schedule with.  There are plenty of other interesting MLS games on the schedule this weekend but if what you really need is a TFC fix there is an option out there for you.

On Saturday evening, Toronto FC's three loaned out players will be in action with the Wilmington Hammerheads as they take on the Charlotte Eagles in USL Pro action.  The game, which will be available via a free YouTube stream (here), kicks off at 7:30 with the Hammerheads back at home for their third game of the season.

Early in the USL Pro season the Hammerheads have had a lighter schedule with just two games under their belt before getting last weekend off.  They opened the season with a 0-0 draw at the Harrisburg City Islanders as Quilan Roberts picked up the clean sheet in his professional debut to help his team to a share of the spoils.

In week two, the Hammerheads took on the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in their first home game of the year.  They were led by Sammy Ochoa who picked up USL Pro Player of the Week for his performance in the 4-3 win for Wilmington but he got a lot of help from one of the TFC loanees.  Dan Lovitz put in a solid performance picking up a goal and an assist which was enough to get him an honourable mention in USL Pro's Team of the Week.

Through the first two games of the season Lovitz and Roberts have both played every minute while Manny Aparicio has played 140 of the 180 minutes having come off around the 70 minute mark in both matches.  It seems that Aparicio is taking the most time to adjust to playing at this level as he is still learning how to deal with the physical play when he is one of the smallest players on the field.

On the whole it has been a promising start for the trio of young TFC players who headed south to Wilmington.  While previous games have been hard to catch live due to overlaps with TFC games that will not be the case this week.  The added bonus is that there will be at least one familiar face on the opposition this weekend as former TFC player Matt Gold is now with Charlotte.

Charlotte will be busy this weekend as they take on the Chicago Fire reserves on Friday evening in North Carolina before heading to Wilmington for Saturday's game.  They have split their first two games of the season but are coming off a 2-1 win over the Richmond Kickers in their last outing.

Join us in the comments to follow along with the game on Saturday evening and get your TFC fix somehow.

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